CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of reported coronavirus case in the U.S. has reached 1,662,302 and the death toll stands at 98,220, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday released guidelines for reopening houses of worship amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidelines allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen if they are given approval from county health officials, but must limit attendance to 25 percent of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. In order to reopen, churches in California must set physical-distancing guidelines, establish new cleaning and disinfection protocols, encourage all to wear face masks and set parameters for singing and group recitations.
AMERICANS REMEMBER FALLEN TROOPS… The ongoing coronavirus pandemic made for an especially somber Memorial Day tribute yesterday to those who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The pandemic prompted the cancellation of many events throughout the nation. Ceremonies at some locations were scaled down and broadcast over the internet. President Donald Trump, who has been criticized for initially playing down the threat posed by the coronavirus, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, laid a wreath of white roses at a veterans memorial near their Delaware home.
TRUMP THREATENS TO MOVE GOP CONVENTION… President Trump yesterday threatened to cancel plans to hold the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next August unless Governor Roy Cooper guarantees that he’ll lift coronavirus-related restrictions. Vice President Mike Pence said during a television appearance that if North Carolina won’t issue the guarantee, the Republican National Committee will consider moving the convention to Texas, Florida or Georgia. Cooper says officials are working with the Republican National Committee to “review its plans as they make decisions” about how to hold the convention in Charlotte.
VIRGIN ROCKET FAILS IN TEST… A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket failed a test mission over the Pacific yesterday for undisclosed reasons. The mission was reportedly ended just minutes after a Boeing 747 released the rocket. Virgin engineers vowed a second test will be launched in the near future.
MULTI-STATE MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTED KILLER… A multi-state manhunt is underway for a University of Connecticut student who killed two people and abducted another over the weekend. Police say 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia is suspected of killing a 62-year-old man and seriously injuring another man “with an edged weapon” on Friday morning in Willington, Connecticut. He is also a suspect in the killing of a 23-year-old male acquaintance in Derby, Connecticut, on Sunday. According to Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI, Manfredonia was last seen in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.
BRIAN MAY RECOVERING FROM HEART ISSUES… Queen lead guitarist Brian May has announced that he is recovering from a “small” heart attack and had three stents put in to relieve his congested arteries. The 72-year-old says he decided against undergoing triple bypass surgery. The guitarist also said his heart issues were discovered while he was being treated for an injury he suffered while gardening.
MARY-KATE OLSEN OFFICIALLY FILES FOR DIVORCE… Former child actress Mary-Kate Olsen has officially filed for divorce from Olivier Sarkozy in New York after the state lifted its moratorium on nonessential and nonemergency court filings. The 33-year-old Olsen first tried to file for divorce on April 17, but was informed New York courts were not accepting divorce filings. Earlier this month, she was denied in her request for an emergency order to petition for divorce. The couple married in November 2015 after dating for three years.
PATRICK EWING RECOVERING FROM CORONAVIRUS… 11-time NBA All-Star and current Georgetown University men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing is reportedly recovering at home after a weekend in the hospital for coronavirus treatment. News that Ewing had tested positive broke Friday. Ewing has been Georgetown’s head coach since 2017 after spending 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA franchises.